Sleep deprivation has been a frequent topic here in the Q-Blog. Insomnia has been poking me in the ribs for the last month or so, and Torbin has been doing his part as well. But I believe that these twin devils will no longer have total control over the quantity or quality of my sleep, thanks to the miracle of melatonin.
It’s a huge help when winding down for the day. My mind has been racing at night lately, thinking about all the things that I have done and want to do. That’s no longer the case. I get drowsy when I’m supposed to. I take it at about 8:00 and I’m yawning a little and ready to go to bed at about 9:30 or 10. But I’m not zonked as I would be if I’d taken an Excedrin PM or another sleep aid that uses an antihistamine as it’s active ingredient. This means I’m still able to function, even if Torbin isn’t ready to go to sleep right at 9:30. I’m sleepy, but not a zombie.
I don’t have a hangover when I wake up. I wake up feeling rested and normal. This is huge, because one of the two times of day when I get most of my work done is during the morning. I can’t afford to be fuzzy-headed until 10 or 11am. On Saturday, I was out of bed at 6:45 and at the coffee shop writing blog posts by 7:15, and while I’m still yawning (I still owe many hours of sleep debt), I’m alert and writing coherently…right?
And it’s cheap! I was able to secure 120 3mg pills from Target for $5 or $6 bucks. I’d expect to pay 2x that amount. And now that I know it works, I’d gladly do it, if it meant I could sleep at night.
Wikipedia also says that there are numerous other beneficial aspects of taking the hormone as a dietary supplement, but that’s just an extra bonus.
But the greatest feature of taking melatonin is of great use when there’s a newborn in the house: It helps you get back to sleep even if you’re awakened in the middle of the night. If I’m awakened at, say, 3am by a hungry baby and Erin needs some help with something, I’m able to be alert and functional. But then when the youngster goes back down, whether it’s been 15 minutes or an hour and a half, I’m able to go back to bed and drop off quickly with a minimum of tossing and turning. Amazing.
I still don’t know if I’m going to make this a long-term practice, I’m still not entirely comfortable with taking a pill to help with something that should come naturally, but for now, it’s just what I need to be productive and well-rested in a time where good sleep could be quite rare.
I’d like to give big-ups to a couple couples, Rogar and The Sexy Blonde and El Jefe and Tiff, both of whom graciously helped stock Torbin’s wardrobe. We were well prepared for another girl and were expecting another girl (but we didn’t get confirmation via ultrasound), so it’s a big help not to have to stock up on yet another gender’s worth of clothing.
Thanks again, guys!
It was my birthday this past Sunday, and I spent part of it doing what’s turned into my favorite activity: Hanging out in one of the local coffee shops and writing.
I did ask for 4 consecutive uninterrupted hours a day for my birthday, but neither I nor Erin could find that particular item for sale on Amazon. Someday. Someday. But she has been gracious enough to allow me to escape to the local Caribou for a couple of hours each morning to get some writing in and recover some sanity points.